Sarasota County Public Safety Communications Center Earns Re-accreditation

News Release #: 17-094

CALEA Presentation

Sheriff Tom Knight, Communications Operator I Patryk Ziarnicki, Captain David Parisi, Communications Operator II Kristen Williams, Captain Tim Enos, Lieutenant Brigit Leonard, Communications Operator III Zachary Quattlander, Communications Accreditation Manager Mary Vangen, and Lieutenant Blair Waller.

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight is pleased to announce that the Public Safety Communications (PSC) center received re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

CALEA accreditation is accomplished through a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of professional standards and represents acceptance of an ongoing obligation to professional excellence by working toward compliance with all applicable standards. The process includes a rigorous self-assessment, independent review from assessors with significant public safety experience, and an opportunity for public feedback. The sheriff's office is pleased to announce that the PSC was 100% compliant in all areas.

"I am remarkably proud of the men and women in our Emergency Operations Bureau and what they do for our citizens every day," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Answering 911 calls is arguably one of the most stressful things you can do in law enforcement, so it's nice to have accreditation that recognizes their professionalism and commitment to public safety. We are also very excited to receive this great news and recognition during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, while communications professionals around the country are being honored."

The PSC received its initial accreditation for communications from CALEA in 2002 and has been re-accredited every three years since then. The PSC also holds accreditation for emergency medical, fire and law enforcement dispatch by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED).